Safety Services Office
3/F PRC Bldg. Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila
Phone: 527-83-84 to 97 loc. 129 or 128
Safety Services is tasked with a nationwide educational
campaign to ensure the health and safety of the Filipino
people. To effectively carry out these tasks, the Safety
Services program includes the conduct of training in:
- First Aid
- Basic Life Support - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- Water Safety (Swimming, Aquatic Lifesaving & Life
- Accident Prevention
- Other basic rescue courses (EMT-Basic, Rope Rescue
Technician, Vehicular Extrication, etc.)
The Safety Services also renders first aid, ambulance,
beach patrol, life guarding and basic rescue services. It
also encourages physical fitness and practice of skills
learned through its First Aid Olympics and Swim and Stay-fit
The Safety Services is one of the service arms of
Philippine Red Cross tasked with a nationwide educational
campaign to ensure the health and safety of the Filipino
people. To effectively carry out this role, it offers the
following trainings to the public:
First Aid Courses
The courses aim to equip participants with knowledge, skills
and confidence in providing care for a person who has been
injured or suddenly become ill. The trainings include
lecture and demonstration on bandaging techniques, emergency
transfers and common emergencies.
Basic Life Support-Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (BLS-CPR)
The courses aim to equip participants with knowledge, skills
and confidence to perform management to a person whose
breathing and heartbeat suddenly stopped. The trainings
include lecture and demonstration on performing foreign
airway obstruction management, rescue breathing and CPR.
The courses aim to make an individual learn scientifically
the different styles of swimming strokes. The trainings
include lecture and demonstration on the fundamentals of
aquatic skills and stroke proficiency.
Water Safety Courses
These aim to teach survival and lifesaving techniques. The
trainings include lecture and demonstration on the
fundamentals of survival techniques, such as threading and
disrobing, and saving a drowning person.
Accident Prevention Courses
The courses aim to instill safety consciousness to the
public and minimize, if not totally prevent, accidents at
home, in the office or in the work place.
In addition, it provides opportunities for trained
volunteers to apply the knowledge and skills that they have
learned from the trainings.
First Aid Station
Is a station providing emergency care or treatment before
regular medical aid can be obtained. This is manned by Red
Cross staff and volunteers who are trained in first aid and
BLS-CPR. This may be set up during different events.
Ambulance Service/Patient Conduction
Is a service which provides transportation of sick or
injured people to, from or between places of treatment and,
in some instances, also provides out-of-hospital medical
care to the patient.
Highway First Aid Station
Is a service rendered to victims of accidents along the
highways or during events or holidays wherein large numbers
of automobiles on the road are expected.
Beach Patrol/Lifeguarding Service
Is a service which provides public or private swimming
places with trained water safety personnel who are not
supervised by a lifeguard. This is particularly useful
during summer months when big crowds go to public swimming
areas (swimming pools and beaches).
Other programs to supplement service promotion include:
First Aid Olympics
This is an activity wherein first aid and BLS-CPR graduates
can practice the knowledge and skills they have acquired to
develop mastery. This also aims to develop sportsmanship and
camaraderie among the different groups of first aid
Mass Education on CPR
This is a crash course on BLS-CPR in public places like
malls and parks. Passersby are encouraged to learn the
basics of CPR and experience hands-on practice on a
mannequin while being guided by a facilitator on how to
perform the techniques.
50-Mile Swim and Stay Fit Program
This is a planned activity to encourage graduates of any of
the water safety courses to swim regularly and frequently
until 50 or more miles is reached. Its main goal is to
improve the physical fitness of the swimmer and to encourage
New Year Safety Tips
When using fireworks, follow the safety tips
1. Use or buy only authorized firecracker products.
2. Follow the manufacturer's instruction on labels.
3. Use flat and solid surface with no dry grass when lighting
4. DO NOT USE matches, candles, lighters, sparklers and cigarettes.
Use punk incense sticks to avoid catching the blast on your hands.
5. When the firework strand ignites, MOVE AWAY. Do not stand over
6. When firework device fails to ignite or go off after lighting it,
do not attempt to re-light. Put on a can of water and dispose the
7. Wear safety gadgets, e.g. sturdy baseball cap or hard hat,
gloves, ear plugs, face mask, and goggles.
What to do with fireworks burn
1. Run injured body part, e.g., hand, on cold running water to
reduce the heat level. Also, it helps clean the wound.
2. Dry with clean dry cloth
3. Apply a topical anesthetic burn spray or aloe vera lotion or
cream to moisturize the burned area.
4. Apply an antiseptic cream and wrap wounds with clean soft sheets
or gauze, if needed.
5. Administer an analgesic like paracetamol or ibuprofen, if needed.
6. Bring victim to a hospital or other medical treatment facility,
Per PNP-Firearms and Explosives Office:
Authorized Firecrackers and Pyrotechnics
1. Baby Rocket bawang
2. Pulling of strings
3. Paper caps
4. El Diablo
5. Judah's Belt
6. Sky Rocket (Kwitis)
10. Jumbo (regular and special)
12. Roman Candle
15. Whistle Device
16. Butterfly and
1. Watusi or dancing firecrackers
3. Super Lolo and Atomic Big Trianggulo
4. Mother Rockets
5. Lolo Thunder
8. Big Judah's belt
9. Big Bawang
11. Goodbye Philippines
13. Atomic Bomb
14. Five Star
17. Giant Whistle Bomb
Christmas Safety Tips
The Christmas season is a time for countless parties, family
reunions and exchanges of presents. However, this is also a time
when several incidents of fire due to faulty Christmas lights and
crimes such as robbery holdup occur.
"It is said that the Philippines has the longest Christmas
celebration in the world. It starts from the onset of 'ber' months
until the Epiphany in January. That means, our heightened alertness
for any untoward incident during the Christmas season lasts for
about five months," said Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard
Stay safe while keeping the festive mood alive during the
Yuletide season by following these reminders:
1. Examine your Christmas decors like Christmas lights and lanterns.
Make sure that these were inspected by the Department of Trade and
2. Put up your Christmas tree and decorations away from curtains and
other combustible materials.
3. Avoid leaving Christmas lights turned on overnight to avoid fire
4. Avoid octopus lines to minimize overloading of electrical system.
5. Never place appliance cords or extension cords under a carpet.
6. Do not leave infants or children alone in places where they are
in danger of falling or near electrical outlets or gadgets and
7. Always position appliances (TV, computer, sound system, heating
appliances, etc.) in a spacious area to prevent overheating.
8. Repair faulty functioning appliances.
9. Use appliances at a specified voltage only.
10. Unplug appliances by grasping the plug, not by yanking the cord,
when not in use and when leaving the house.
To Avoid Incidents of Holdup/Snatching
1. Avoid wearing jewelries, talking over the phone and texting in
a crowded area.
2. When waiting for a public utility vehicle, do not stay in a dark
3. It is best to call for a company taxi in case you will go home at
midnight or early in the morning. Lock all doors once inside to
prevent "bukas kotse gang" from declaring hold up. Do not sleep
inside the taxi. Make sure to get the plate number of the taxi and
give it to a friend in case something happens.
Safety Tips During Undas
-Do not leave a burning candle unattended.
-Do not place a candle near curtains or other combustible
-For burns, the first aid management is to relieve the pain
by immersing the burned area in cold water or by applying a
wet, cold cloth until the part is pain-free both in and out
of the water.
-Unplug all electrical appliances before leaving the house.
-Avoid octopus line to minimize overloading of electrical
-Never place appliance cords or extension cords under a
-Do not leave infants or children alone in places where they
are in danger of falling or near electrical outlets or
gadgets and candles.
-Always position appliances (TV, computer, sound system,
heating appliances, etc.) in a spacious area to prevent
-Unplug appliances by grasping the plug, not by yanking the
cord, when not in use.
-Repair faulty functioning appliances.
-Use appliances at specified voltage only.
-Unplug appliances when lightning and thunderstorm strike.
-Before checking for electrical trouble, be sure to switch
off the main power.
-Cover all outdoor and indoor electrical outlets if not in
-If appliances, such as gas stoves, require lighting with
match, always light the match first and hold it at the point
of lighting before you turn on the stove.
-Keep kitchen utensils, especially knives, out of children's
-Lock your house when you leave.
En route to the Cemetery
-Bring an umbrella, face towel, water, food and fan to avoid
heat cramps or heat exhaustion.
-If you bring a car, make sure that you check it, the water
in radiator, battery, gas, oil, breaks, tool kit,
flashlight, food and first aid kit.
-Park your car near a guard or police station to avoid
-Dress in light clothing to avoid heat exhaustion,
especially among children.
Inside the Cemetery
-It is best to go to the cemetery early in the morning
before or after November 1 to avoid huge crowds.
-Avoid drinking liquor.
-Avoid bringing unnecessary sharp objects.
-Avoid bringing children inside the cemetery as they might
-In case of minor wounds, clean the wounded area with soap
and water before applying antiseptics like povidone iodine
(not alcohol), and cover the wound with gauze.
-In case of severe bleeding, apply direct pressure over the
wound using gauze and bring the patient to the hospital or
to a nearby first aid station inside the cemetery.
-In case of contusion, apply ice compress over the area for
more than 20 minutes (intermittent).
-In case of fainting, do not give ammonia to the patient.
Instead, let him/her lie, with feet raised 8-12 inches
above. If the patient is conscious, ventilate him/her,
loosen his/her tight clothing and give him beverages.
-In case of chest pain, transport the patient to the
-In case of cramps, apply cold compress, rest the affected
area and elevate, if possible. Have the victim stretch out
the affected muscle to counteract the cramp. Massage the
cramped muscle firmly but gently.
Seek medical help if cramps persist.
Safety Tips for Black Nazarene devotees
1. Advise your family. Ensure that your house is properly
secured before you leave. All electrical devices must be
2. Be physically prepared. Children, elderly, pregnant and
persons who are sick should avoid crowded places; thus, they
are advised to stay at home and rest.
3. Be sure to have identification card, medical information
and emergency contact numbers with you.
4. Wear proper clothing and footwear. Avoid wearing
expensive jewelry, and bringing expensive electronic
5. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
6. Bring candies, crackers and bottled water. Drink a lot of
fluid to prevent heat exhaustion.
7. Beware of all possible hazards around you during the
procession (e.g. motor vehicles, falling debris, etc.).
8. Know where you are at all times. Should you come in
groups, assign a designated meeting point in case someone
9. Maintain proper distance to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Plan a safe exit path from the crowd.
10. Know the location and means of access towards the
medical stations, police stations and other available
authorities within the area.